fine arts season
w el c o me fr o m t he d e a n Dear Friends of the Arts, With the busyness of our everyday lives, and the ever-present drum of social media and some charged rhetoric, it’s no surprise that many of us turn to movies, concerts, plays and galleries as an escape — a chance to “get away from it all” even for a short time. Here at Carthage, our students are engaged in so many arts performances and exhibitions that it is easy to find the opportunity for pleasant distraction. You might enjoy our whimsical and engaging opening art gallery exhibition, “Privates”, or join us for our presentation of the versatile vocal ensemble VOCES8. Both of these events represent our commitment to bring world-class artists to campus for the benefit of the entire community. But perhaps you want to dig a little deeper. Explore a new perspective. The arts provide us the opportunity to engage with new ideas and perspectives in intriguing ways. Perhaps you’ll join us for Brecht’s epic play “Mother Courage”, a dark satire that deals with war and those who profit from it. Or, perhaps our annual Christmas Festival will give you a moment to pause to consider what faith means to you. As John F. Kennedy once said, the arts are “far from … an interruption, a distraction, in the life of a nation.” Rather, the arts are “very close to the center of a nation’s purpose.” Here at Carthage, the arts are central to our mission to make the world a better place. This season, we embrace tradition. We also understand that the privilege of our liberal arts education is accompanied by the responsibility of social awareness. The 2017-18 arts season offers the opportunity to embrace tradition with the culmination of The Brahms Project, featuring Wael Farouk and the Carthage Faculty Trio. Join us for our St. Francis concert with the Wind Orchestra, or enjoy the annual Spring Choir Concert featuring our Carthage Choir, Carthage Women’s Ensemble, and Carthage Chorale. Or, go beyond tradition. Enjoy “Silent Sky”, the untold story of Henrietta Leavitt and her contributions to mapping the universe. Experience the work of our emerging artists at the annual Art Walk. We know that, no matter what you choose, you’ll emerge from the event refreshed and energized. As Thomas Merton said, the arts enable us to “find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” Here’s to losing ourselves in some amazing projects and finding new perspectives on the way! Warmly,
Corinne Ness, Dean of Arts and Humanities firstname.lastname@example.org
s e a s o n o v er v ie w music events
christmas festival page 12
h. f. johnson theatre and gallery of art dance events pages 8-9
kenosha symphony orchestra
fourth annual art walk
arts and music theatre creativity events pages 6-7 festival page 16
into the woods
chamber music series page 14-15
the brahms project featuring
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Directed by Martin McClendon Written by MT Cozzola Sept. 29, Oct. 5-7 | 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 | 4 p.m. Oct. 1 | 3 p.m. Wartburg Theatre Sisters Meggy and Betty do everything together. They are happy in their routine until a former classmate, the cynical Marnie, returns to their hometown to finalize a divorce. Sympathetic to Marnie’s bad fortune, the sisters welcome her into their home and find their world turned upside down by Marnie’s nontraditional ways. Will the two reconnect and return to their usual routine, or will they discover their lives have been irrevocably changed by Marnie’s arrival? Find out in this dark and thrilling comedy written by Chicago Dramatists resident playwright MT Cozzola.
mother courage and her children*
Directed by Mary MacDonald Kerr Written by Bertolt Brecht Newly translated by Tony Kushner and music composed by Josh Schmitt Nov. 3-4, 9-11 | 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 | 3 p.m. Wartburg Theatre Told over the course of 12 years, this story follows Mother Courage and her three children. Mother Courage makes her living during the Thirty Years’ War, a bloody battle between Catholics and Protestants in the crumbling Holy Roman Empire. Despite being decidedly against the war, she profits from it by selling supplies to soldiers. After tragedy strikes her family, Mother Courage must continue on, doing whatever it takes to survive the tribulations of her chaotic world. As one of Bertolt Brecht’s greatest protests to the rise of fascism in 1930s Germany, “Mother Courage and Her Children” is a dark satire about the effect war has on the people living through it.
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Directed by Herschel Kruger Written by Lauren Gunderson March 16-17, 22-24 | 7:30 p.m. March 18 | 3 p.m. Wartburg Theatre Based on the true story of 19th century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, “Silent Sky” explores women’s role in society and the social progress that accompanied the scientific discoveries at the turn of the century. Leavitt’s work at the Harvard University observatory is at first unnoticed, as she is placed in a women’s think tank largely discredited by the university’s male scientists. In her free time, she works to measure the light and distance of stars, while also attempting to find balance between her work and her familial obligations. A poignant tale of empowerment, “Silent Sky” invites audiences to experience how Leavitt and her colleagues fought to change the world’s perception of both the world around them and what lies beyond.
nimble attitudes – fall dance show* Artistic Director Stacy Pottinger Dec. 8-9 | 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 | 3 p.m. Wartburg Theatre
In this dynamic and intriguing production, artistic director Stacy Pottinger delivers an unprecedented compilation of dance works featuring some of Carthage’s most highly developed and skilled artists. In this investigation of technique and emotion, students express deeply complex themes using skill sets they have honed through the Carthage curriculum. The fall dance show features guest artists Kristina Saldarelli, Joey Hernandez, and Courtney Petrocci alongside Carthage’s very own emerging choreographers.
away from the mirror* Choreographed by Carthage dance students April 7 | 7:30 p.m. April 8 | 3 p.m. Wartburg Theatre
In the annual student dance concert, Carthage’s emerging artists take advantage of the platform to develop their unique sense of self and style through dance. All pieces are student-choreographed and revolve around themes and ideas from which each student derives inspiration. Given the creative freedom for artistic expression, student choreographers create engaging works of virtuosity.
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Directed by Neil KristianScharnick Music direction by Jeremy Ryan Mossman Music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by James Lapine April 27-28, May 3-5 | 7:30 p.m. April 29 | 3 p.m. Wartburg Theatre “Into the Woods”, written by seven-time Tony Award-winning composer Stephen Sondheim, reinvents beloved fairy tales to tell a new and captivating story. The show follows a handful of characters: The Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wants to go to the ball; Jack, who wishes he could keep his beloved pet cow, Milky White; and Little Red Riding Hood, who wants to deliver bread and sweets to her ailing grandmother. Set upon their respective tasks, the characters head into the woods to achieve their goals and find their happily ever afters. “Into the Woods” is a spellbinding story full of heart and determination that is sure to enchant audiences from overture to final curtain.
mu s i c t he at r e w o r k s h o p s godspell*
* tickets required
Directed by Magdalene Spanuello Accompanied by Melissa Cardamone Oct. 27-28 | 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 | 3 p.m. Visual & Performing Arts Laboratory “Godspell”, written by Tony-nominated composer Stephen Schwartz, covers the teachings of Jesus Christ and his eventual death as told mainly through the Gospel of Matthew. The company invites audiences to join them in the journey toward compassion, using a score of jubilant music and whimsy that maintains the feeling of love even throughout its darker moments. Under Jesus’ guidance, the once ragtag and unorganized ensemble learns to work together and love one another to create something that will last for eternity.
it’s a woman’s world*
Directed by Jeremy Ryan Mossman and Corinne Ness Nov. 10 | 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 | 3 p.m. Visual & Performing Arts Laboratory “It’s A Woman’s World” is an all-female cabaret celebrating the power of women. The cabaret will feature some of musical theatre’s most powerful female characters and the repertoire that celebrates their fight to establish their place in the world. Finding a balance between fierceness and femininity, “It’s A Woman’s World” presents musical theatre’s most compelling leading ladies and honors the impact they have had on the face of musical theatre history. It is a celebration of what it means to be a woman and the tribulations women must face to overcome whatever obstacle stands in their way.
how to succeed in business without really trying* Directed by Thomas Novak Accompanied by Melissa Cardamone Feb. 23-24 | 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 | 3 p.m. Visual & Performing Arts Laboratory
J. Pierrepont Finch is a window washer in New York City with big aspirations. Unsure how to fulfill his dream of becoming a big shot executive, he reads a book titled, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”, and attempts to make his way to the top of the World Wide Wickets company using the book’s instructions. Along the way, he meets a cast of colorful characters who help and/or hinder him. Will Finch rise to the top? Find out in this charming classic by Broadway legend Frank Loesser.
h . f. j o hn s o n g a l l er y o f a r t privates
Sept. 6-Nov. 2 Opening Reception: Sept. 14 | 4:30-7:30 p.m. Video Screening: Oct. 5 | 5:30 p.m. Artist Lecture: Oct. 28 | 5 p.m. “Privates” is a curatorial installation from Chicago artists Nicole Mauser, a painter working in the language of abstraction, and Tobey Albright, a freelance graphic designer. In the tradition of a museum rotating its collection, the installation manifests in multiple iterations, providing insight into artists through the things they see and possess.
the saint john’s bible
Nov. 13-Dec. 15 Opening Reception: Nov. 30 | 4:30-7:30 p.m. Carthage presents The Saint John’s Bible, a presentation of 25 prints on loan from the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library. In coordination with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the illuminated pages of scripture feature embellishments of gold and platinum leaf, vibrant colors, and delicate calligraphy.
clear and present
Jan. 8-March 2 Opening Reception: Jan. 11 | 4:30-7:30 p.m. Artist Lecture: Feb. 21 | 5 p.m. “Clear and Present”, an exhibition of Tempe (Arizona) artist Kristin Bauer and Denver’s Paul Owen Weiner, dissects the visual vocabulary of language through a continuum of printed words from the concrete to the unknowable. Ms. Bauer’s sculptural assemblages layer text within strata of polymer pigment and plexiglass, Mr. Weiner’s prints of legislative documents and executive orders are framed under distressed and decimated glass surfaces.
March 12-April 20 Opening Reception: March 15 | 4:30-7:30 p.m. Artist Lecture: March 19 | 5 p.m. Chicago artists Gwendolyn Zabicki and Anne Toebbe paint through the pat routines and relatable spaces of home life, with images reciting the daily tedium of chores and household activities. Ms. Zabicki’s surfaces reflect upon the systemic congruency between cleaning a mirror and painting an image of that act. Ms. Toebbe’s deceptively flat paintings, drawings, and collages conflate complex compositional spaces from experience and memories of domestic settings.
April 27-May 11 Opening Reception: April 28 | 1-4 p.m. As part of their Senior Studio Art Thesis Seminar course, Carthage art majors present a capstone exhibition of their work.
fourth annual art walk May 5 | 1-4 p.m.
The Art Walk showcases the capstone projects of senior studio art and graphic design majors. Work will be displayed across campus in a variety of venues, so be sure to pick up a map.
paul salsieder’s domains of knowledge Hedberg Library Mural
As part of an effort to feature students’ artwork throughout the campus, the Hedberg Library showcases “Domains of Knowledge”, a mural painted by Paul Salsieder ’18. The mural is composed of seven sections, based on the fields of philosophy: logic, politics, ethics, epistemology, aesthetics, science, and metaphysics. Working closely with Professor Diane Levesque, he created a complex and expertly crafted composition that will be a staple of the library for years to come. “Domains of Knowledge” is located on the second floor of the library.
mu s i c e v en t s homecoming concert
Sept. 30 | 7:30 p.m. | A. F. Siebert Chapel
wind orchestra st. francis concert Oct. 4 | 7:30 p.m. | A. F. Siebert Chapel
family weekend choral concert Oct. 15 | 2 p.m. | A. F. Siebert Chapel
l akeside band festival featuring james stephenson Nov. 11 | 7 p.m. | A. F. Siebert Chapel Chicago-based composer James Stephenson partners with Carthageâ€™s own Professor James Ripley at the 15th annual Lakeside Band Festival. Mr. Stephensonâ€™s work has been performed by major orchestras all over the country. He also played trumpet in the Naples Philharmonic in Florida for 17 seasons. His work has a straightforward beauty that combines formal tonality with contemporary style.
carthage philharmonic concert Nov. 16 | 7:30 p.m. | A. F. Siebert Chapel
carthage choir return home concert Feb. 11 | 1 p.m. | A. F. Siebert Chapel
wind orchestra tour concert
* tickets required
March 1 | 7:00 p.m. | A. F. Siebert Chapel
carthage philharmonic concert March 18 | 1 p.m. | A. F. Siebert Chapel
kenosha symphony orchestra, featuring carthage choir* April 14 | 7:30 p.m. | A. F. Siebert Chapel
The Kenosha Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with Carthage Choir and Tremper High School choir students, will perform Beethovenâ€™s â€œMass in C Majorâ€?. The, Kenosha Symphony Orchestra strives to maintain support for and foster a love of the arts throughout the community. The concert connects musicians of all ages by bringing high school, collegiate, and professional performers together on one stage.
wind orchestra concert
April 21 | 7:30 p.m. | A. F. Siebert Chapel
carthage philharmonic concert May 12 | 7:30 p.m. | A. F. Siebert Chapel
spring choral concert
May 13 | 2 p.m. | A. F. Siebert Chapel
May 20 | 2 p.m. | A. F. Siebert Chapel
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from heaven above to earth you come* Dec. 1-2 | 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 | 4 p.m. Tickets on sale Oct. 2
Carthage kicks off the celebration of the holiday season with its annual Christmas Festival under the theme “From Heaven Above to Earth You Come”, taken from a Christmas carol written by Martin Luther in 1534. Featuring the sounds of the majestic Fritsch Memorial Organ, the festival follows an age-old tradition of sharing the celebration of the birth of Christ through readings and music. With performances by several Carthage ensembles, the Christmas Festival will be the culmination of a yearlong celebration of the 500th anniversary of Luther’s posting of the Ninety-Five Theses. We have commissioned Jocelyn Hagen to compose a work for choir and instruments, and Michael Dennis Browne has been commissioned to create the text for it. The commissioned composition will incorporate themes of Luther’s carol. The festival also features the annual Service of Light, during which the chapel is filled with candlelight.
t he b r a hm s p r o je c t Commemorating the 120th anniversary of Johannes Brahms’ death, The Brahms Project continues into the 2017-18 season. Professor Wael Farouk and the Carthage Faculty Trio will present the entirety of Brahms’ collection of chamber music, featuring sonatas for piano, cello, and violin.
* tickets required
Carthage Faculty Trio | Sept. 23 | 7:30 p.m. Piano Solo | Oct. 7 | 7:30 p.m. Piano Solo | Nov. 4 | 7:30 p.m. Carthage Faculty Trio | Nov. 13 | 7:30 p.m. Piano Solo | Jan. 11 | 7:30 p.m. Carthage Faculty Trio | Feb. 17 | 7:30 p.m. Carthage Piano Faculty | Feb. 18 | 1 p.m. Piano Solo | March 17 | 7:30 p.m. Piano Solo | April 22 | 4 p.m.
singing our faith: from chants to hymns Oct. 29 | 4 p.m. | A. F. Siebert Chapel In honor of the Luther 500 Memorial Celebration, the Center for Faith and Spirituality hosts “Singing Our Faith: From Chants to Hymns.” The event will feature chants with which Martin Luther would have been familiar, and the hymns those chants inspired Luther to write. The event will feature organist and adjunct organ faculty member Chris Berry, who will play organ pieces associated with the time during which Martin Luther lived. Professor Berry is a world-renowned organist, having previously played for the final liturgy of World Youth Day, presided over by Pope John Paul II. Currently, in addition to teaching at Carthage, Professor Berry serves as the director of music and organist at the Basilica of St. Josaphat in Milwaukee. The event provides the opportunity to sing and experience timeless music together.
c h a m b er mu s i c s er ie s VOCES8*
Feb. 15 | 7:30 p.m. | A. F. Siebert Chapel VOCES8 is recognized as one of the most versatile and well-loved vocal groups worldwide. The British ensemble has toured internationally, performing at venues like the Royal Albert Hall in London, Tokyo Opera City, and the Shanghai Concert Hall. The group covers a range of genres, performing everything from Renaissance masses to arrangements of contemporary pop songs as well as releasing a number of chart-topping original albums. Its members make a commitment to musical education by participating in unique programs, providing music scholarships, and creating the VOCES8 Method, a teaching tool written by the ensemble’s own Paul Smith.
Feb. 22 | 7:30 p.m. | A. F. Siebert Chapel Simone Dinnerstein is a New York-based classical pianist who is taking the world by storm. Starting with the success of her self-financed recording of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Goldberg Variations”, Ms. Dinnerstein has gone on to perform in venues such as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Sydney Opera House, London’s Wigmore Hall. As part of the Piatigorsky Foundation, she also brings classical music to unconventional places. She is the founder of Neighborhood Classics, a concert series to raise money for music education programs in New York’s public schools. Ms. Dinnerstein brings a unique and elegant voice to her genre, inviting audiences to experience each piece as if it is brand new.
beethoven: five piano concertos | one pianist*
* tickets required
April 6 | 7 p.m. | A. F. Siebert Chapel
New Philharmonic, under the direction of Kirk Muspratt, is the resident professional orchestra of College of DuPage. The 60-member orchestra performs for more than 1,500 people at McAninch Arts Center. The performance will feature Carthageâ€™s own Professor Wael Farouk, who has an illustrious career in his own right. His personal performance career has taken him across five continents, where he has played venues such as White Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia; the Schumann House in Leipzig, Germany; and Carnegie Hall in New York.
the brahms project, featuring ilya kaler*
May 7 | 7:30 p.m. | A. F. Siebert Chapel The final performance of The Brahms Project will feature Russian violinist Ilya Kaler. He has led a prolific career as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and professor, and served as the concertmaster at the Rochester (New York) Philharmonic Orchestra from 1996-2001. He is a gold medalist at three of the most prestigious violin competitions: the Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow, the Sibelius competition in Helsinki, and the Premio Paganini in Genoa, Italy.
a r t s a nd c r e at i v i t y fe s t i va l Artistic Director Corinne Ness March 13-18 The third annual Arts and Creativity Festival celebrates the dedication to the arts exhibited by the students of Carthage. This event recognizes the importance of Carthageâ€™s commitment to a liberal arts curriculum that allows students to see and experience the world around them in innovative ways. The festival celebrates the hard work Carthage students have done in their exploration of art in all forms.
highlights: The annual Student Juried Art Show in the H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art A solo piano performance by Professor Wael Farouk as part of The Brahms Project Silent Sky, directed by Professor Herschel Kruger Philharmonic Concert under the direction of Professor E. Edward Kawakami A special Family Fun Night Arts Fair, featuring face painting, an instrument petting zoo, a photo booth, and other special arts activities Guest speakers, poetry readings, dance showings by student choreographers, drumming circles, caricatures, and alumni networking events
o t her e v en t s stratford trip
* tickets required
On the annual trip to the acclaimed Stratford Festival in Ontario, students will attend five plays in 2 ½ days. The trip is a longstanding Carthage tradition, started in 1967 by English professor Don Michie and theatre professor Shandy Holland. The festival brings theatre lovers from all over the world together to honor the great works of William Shakespeare.
vet night of the arts*
Nov. 16 | 7:30 p.m. | Wartburg Theatre At the second annual Vet Night of the Arts, artists across different media work together to honor veterans and start the important conversations to improve life for service members returning to civilian life. Highlights of the evening will include readings, visual artwork, and multimedia performances. The event raises money for organizations that provide veterans with financial and emotional support after their service.
shakespeare festival April 26
Join us in celebration of William Shakespeare’s 454th birthday, as members of the Carthage community perform selections from his works at the seventh annual Shakespeare Festival. Students, faculty, and staff members will perform selected Shakespeare sonnets, and the English Players will perform scenes from “Twelfth Night”. Birthday cake will be served.
b o x o ffi c e inf o r m at i o n carthage fine arts box office
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hours and location
Noon-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, and one hour prior to the event at the event location (closed during holidays, winter break, spring break, and summer) The Fine Arts Box Office is located outside the Wartburg Theatre in the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Natural and Social Sciences.
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To learn more about our fine arts events, please visit carthage.edu/fine-arts or call the Fine Arts office at 262-551-5859. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the lives and minds of Carthage artists and visiting performers at the “View from an Artist” blog: carthage.edu/fine-arts/blog Like us on Facebook at: facebook.com/carthagefinearts
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